Recruit to Train Interpersonal Psychotherapy (Nursing)

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Various sites available across Hampshire
£28,407 to £50,056 per annum
Closing date
3 Dec 2023

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This is an exciting opportunity for someone to develop their clinical skills in a role that makes a positive impact in people's lives within an innovative and pioneering CAMHS service. This one-year fixed term training post is for Registered Mental Health Nurses with post registration experience to work as a 'Recruit to Train' therapist and Senior Mental Health Practitioner within a community CAMHS team or within a Mental Health Support Team (MHST) with other clinicians delivering evidence-based interventions.

This post provides the opportunity to complete the Children and Young People Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT) training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Adolescents (IPT-A) that is being run in collaboration with Anna Freud Centre and undertaking training at University College London. This is an excellent training provided by Leading Practitioners in this field. The successful candidates will study at University College London, learning how to deliver IPT for adolescents with depression. The trainee will also be working as Senior Mental Health Practitioner within one of the varied CAMHS community teams for the duration of the one year course and would split their time between attending university teaching days and carrying out clinical work within their teams. After successful completion of the course the fixed term training contract will end however applicants would be encouraged to apply for any vacant posts within the service.

Main duties of the job

IPT-A is a 12-16 session evidence based therapy for CYPs with a primary presentation of depression, it is indicated when depression is linked with interpersonal difficulties in social systems/relationships. It is a particularly effective therapy where there is discord between the young person and a close relative, where there has been a significant life change/or transition, where there has been a bereavement or loss of significant other, and where there has been significant bullying and/or history of social relationship difficulties. IPT-A Practitioners will be trained to respond to and work with suicidal ideation and deliberate self-harm.

The training involves teaching blocks as well as weekly teaching and supervision days at UCL. Applicants must be willing to travel.

The clinical work involves being part of a multi-disciplinary CAMHS team and successful candidates will carry their own caseload of IPT-A training cases. Workplace supervision will be provided weekly.

About us

In Hampshire CAMHS we value a strong nursing professional identity and encourage clinicians to be part of this with annual 'away days', robust lead nurse clinical framework with a Nurse consultant steering this. The successful applicant will also continue to utilise and develop their direct clinical work within the 4 pillars of nursing (clinical practice, leadership and management, education, and research) and receive support with revalidation.

Interpersonal therapy primarily focuses on the way our relationships affect us and also how other mental health difficulties can affect our relationships. This is a key feature in nursing care and can be built upon during the training year.

By coming to work at Hampshire CAMHS you would be joining Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which has a national reputation for research, where services recognise that research underpins its commitment to providing high quality and innovative clinical care.

Hampshire CAMHS is committed to exploring ways of providing timely, locally delivered, high quality and effective interventions. These aim to maximize mental health and maintain children and young people within their home and educational environment. Hampshire CAMHS places supervision of its staff as a priority. It also uses audits, evaluations and routine outcome measures to continuously improve our service.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please be aware that anyone applying for a post with CAMHS Hampshire will be subject to TUPE transfer.

Under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment Regulations) (TUPE) all substantive Hampshire CAMHS staff who are employed by Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (SPFT) will transfer to either Southern Health Foundation Trust, or to Surrey and Borders Foundation Trust. The TUPE transfer from Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust effective from 1st February 2024.

The Consultation document for TUPE transfer will be made available for all successful applicants.

The candidate will have a Nursing qualification, will be registered with the Nursing Midwifery Council, adhere to the NMC Code of professional conduct.

This is a training position and so all candidates will need to apply for both the trainee role with our organisation and the UCL Post Graduate Diploma in Child and Young Person IAPT Therapy in order to be shortlisted (for more information about the course and minimum entry criteria, please see the course page: Please complete your university application using the UCL University Application Guidance supplied.

It is very important to mention which modality/modalities you are applying for and why you are qualified & interested in them.

As this is a training position, please be aware that this is a dual application process where you must be employed in a Recruit to Train funded job to also receive a place on the course, and vice-versa. If you are ineligible for the University Course, you will be unable to be offered the role. If you withdraw from an employment offer but you have accepted a university offer, you will be unable to join the course.

This role will be best suited for applicants that are able to balance a busy work and study schedule. You will be an employee at the service but also enrolled for 2 days a week on a Postgraduate Diploma course. As this is a Postgraduate level diploma, you will also be required to be able to study and write academic material at this level. Applicants must be prepared to study and write assignments outside of protected study time (such as on weekends and after work).

Please note that when you apply to this role, your name will be shared with the Higher Education Institute (HEI) running the course. The service will usually be the Course Teams main way of contacting you until you have been sent an Offer, and so the Course Team at the HEI may ask for information if it is missing but relevant to deciding eligibility. Other information that might be shared is:
  • Reason behind ineligibility for the course.
  • Queries regarding application (such as if you claim to have a professional registration without submitting certificates, course may ask service to pursue more information)
  • Name change if you may have registered with a different name than HEI was given, they will confirm with service to ensure that they are reviewing the correct candidate.

This is an integral part of the process to confirm that you have applied to the University and that you meet their course requirements. Please apply to the University at the same time as applying to this job position.

If you apply to this job, you are giving permission for information to be shared between the Course Team at the HEI and the Recruitment team at the Service. The only information that is shared will be relevant to establishing eligibility for the job/course. No irrelevant information will be disclosed or discussed in relation to your application.

Former EMHP and CWP graduates (or graduates from any other HEE funded course) need to be 2-years post-graduation to be eligible to apply (graduated by January 2020).

Please note in this instance the course is not optional there will be a joint interview process including UCL to appoint to these roles. The roles are dependent on meeting all course requirements.

All applicants will need to be available to start in their roles from Tuesday 2nd January 2024.

Person Specification



  • Bachelor's degree (at least second class) from a UK university or equivalent in a relevant subject e.g. psychology, social work AND a registerable professional qualification in a relevant subject (e.g. psychology, social work, counselling, nursing, psychotherapy) from a UK university or equivalent.
  • Registration with HCPC/NMC/social work England



  • At least 2 years post qualification experience in a mental health setting, working with young people or adults with mental illness.

Employer details

Employer name

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust


Various sites available across Hampshire

Various sites available across Hampshire

SO23 0HU

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